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July 30, 2011

Daniels: Uehara deal might be lone Rangers trade

General manager Jon Daniels said that the Rangers are not close to any other trades and might not deal for another reliever ahead of the 3 p.m. trade deadline Sunday. He and his staff haven't closed any lines of communication, but he would be satisfied with the makeup of the bullpen if Saturday's trade for Koji Uehara is the only one they make.

Adding a right-handed bat is not a priority, Daniels said.

"I don't expect to do anything else," Daniels said after the deal became official around 8 p.m. "This takes the edge off, so to speak. I wouldn't rule anything out, but this is a sizable acquisition and really fills a need for us. It allows us to take a step back and re-evaluate."

The Rangers have been considered the front-runners to land San Diego closer Heath Bell. The Padres have scouted Double A Frisco and are believed to have interest in left-hander Robbie Erlin and right-hander Joe Wieland, who tossed a no-hitter and faced the minimum 27 batters Friday night.

But Daniels said that he likes the Rangers' roster as it stands.

Said Daniels: "We liked our club going into spring training. We liked our club the first half of the year. We liked our club this morning. I think we're better today. If there's other opportunities out there, we would be interested. If nothing presents itself tonight or tomorrow, we will feel good about our club either way."

-- Jeff Wilson


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